Top Facebooker Stella Creasy brands herself ‘the anti-Sheryl Sandberg’
The Labour MP stars in a piece about ‘the new suffragettes’ in the February issue of Vogue.
Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book Lean In was described by Time magazine as “the most ambitious mission to reboot feminism and reframe discussions of gender since the launch of Ms Magazine in 1971”.
But other critics had a different take on debut tome by the Facebook chief operating officer. Kate Losse, an author and former employee of Facebook, argued that “Lean In bears more in common with a well-funded Silicon Valley startup than a grassroots feminist organization”. She concluded that “Sandberg has penned not so much a new Feminine Mystique as an updated Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”.
In The Guardian, Zoe Williams wrote that: “This book isn't offering a new spark for a feminist revolution. Rather, it says, your revolution has stalled – why don't you try getting what you want my way?”
Now the Labour MP and self-declared “feminist champion” Stella Creasy has made it very clear where she stands in the debate over the Facebook boss' style of feminism.
“There’s definitely a Mean Girls-style Burn Book in politics – patriarchy isn’t gendered – but the way we talk about other women is important," Creasy tells Vogue for a piece in the February 2018 issue on seven influential females fighting to empower women in the battle for equality.
She adds: "Women should be believed, because coming forward about harassment is hard. I see the pressure to close down the debates, to say systems are in place, but if so, they’re not working.
“I’m the anti-Sheryl Sandberg. For me, it’s not about leaning in, it’s about building an army. Progress can happen. My mistake was thinking that it would be easy.”
While the Facebook boss stands accused of choosing capitalism over a feminist revolution, the Labour MP stresses that she is “impatient to change the world”. But of course there is one area in which Creasy is very much in the same camp as Sandberg. The campaigning politician is a prolific user of Facebook who is currently sitting on a healthy 22,067 likes for her page…